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employees. >>> breaking news overnight. u.s. and allied forces bomb libyan targets as "operation odyssey dawn" is under way. and moments ago, we got new word on the success of the campaign so far. >>> and new word from libya's leader this morning as well, as antiaircraft fire from gadhafi forces, they lit up the skies of tripoli throughout the night there. >>> the day's other big story, fallout from the japanese quake even a week after the tsunami. this new and frightening video is surfacing. the very latest from there in moments. good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." we begin with breaking news. >>> new word from the top u.s. military chief just moments ago. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news a no-fly zone is in effect in libya this morning after american and european forces rained down missiles on libya's defenses. the u.s. and britain unleashed 114 tomahawk cruise missiles targeting libyan surface-to-air sites as well as radar and communications centers. three american b-2 stealth bombers also dropped more than 40 bombs on libyan defenses. now, the goal of
, if you are just waking up. fresh word from the nation's top military officer after u.s. and coalition forces bombarded libya's defenses overnight. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news there is a no-fly zone in place in libya. that's after more than 110 tomahawk cruise missiles from warships and submarines slammed the antiaircraft units and command posts. admiral mullen also said that possible outcome of the military action could include the embattled leader, moammar gadhafi, remaining in power. meanwhile, gadhafi issued an audio address on state tv, saying the country was preparing for a long war. on the screen, the image of a giant, gold fist crushing an american plane. nbc's jim maceda's in libya's capital of tripoli. jim, with another good day to you, we have cruise missiles that were targeting sites around the city there. what's it like there now? >> reporter: here, it's quiet. it wasn't so at 2:30, 3:00 in the morning, though, alex. we all jumped and jolted first when we heard a number of explosions. it was these deep thuds that you never like to hear. they could have been cruise m
to be the targets here, but that there are ground force near the sites where the u.s. is targeting, that they could become casualties at this point. do you think, given what we do know about libya, this would be enough to motivate people to switch sides, to back off, to rethink their support of libya's strongman? >> as i said, it's really about momentum right now. if there's any sense the momentum is shifting against the gadhafi regime, we're likely to see additional defections. the only thing that reverses it is that gadhafi was still strong and he had a lot of tools as his disposal. it could happen. when you look at the u.n. resolution, everybody's been saying it's about civilians. but if you look at the text, it gives the international community and those carrying out the commission is it gives them tools. every target in libya is a legitimate target if it's tied to civilians. the mission is about defending civilians. you've already stated the u.s., the europeans, most of those who are part of the coalition really don't think they can live with gadhafi as president of libya. they see him has hav
of course immense u.s. naval air power and precision guided munitions could also be brought into the battle. >> and there is our u.s. ships that are now in the mediterranean sea. the united nations resolution clearly calls out not just for enforcement of a no fly zone but to intercept any sort of military aid that is banned by u.n. resolution that could be going into support moammar gadhafi's forces. and yet already we're seeing today a resolution that russia abstained on and so did china, russia taking a stand and saying it regrets western forces are taking this action. is that problematic for this effort in any way? >> i don't think it really is because the vote's already been taken on resolution 1973 and the russians and the chinese abstained. if they had wanted to object and put a road block up against this thing, they could have done it earlier in the week. they decided not to. this smells to me like diplomatic maneuvering that is not of great consequence. the big question for me is are they going to nick gadhafi or are they going to try to take him out? you know, we still don't really
that the last word. senators, thank you all very much. >>> coming up -- after almost a decade of war, the u.s. military finds itself stretched thinner by yet another conflict in the middle east. what ignited saturday's decision to mobilize in libya? and what are the consequences for the u.s. and the president's legacy? our roundtable weighs in, president of the council on foreign relations richard haas, former cia director michael hayden, nbc's andrea mitchell and jim miklaszewski and the "new york times'" helene cooper. >> announcer: pacific life. for insurance, annuities and investments, choose pacific life. the power to help you succeed. enough whole grain. but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms, there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check. there's whole grain in every box. castrol syntec has been reformulated for better performance under the hood. so we gave it a new name. castrol edge with syntec power technology. new name. better formula. it's more than just oil. it'
with urge see. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting with nato allies in paris. she says the u.s. will not waver in its efforts to assist libyan civilians and enforce the security council resolution as gadhafi forces continue to defy calls for a cease-fire. >> the realty on the ground tells a very different story. colonel gadhafi continues to defy the world. his attacks on civilians go on. we will support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures. >> the latest from benghazi shows tanks approaching the city have stopped as thick black smoke rises from the rebel stronghold this. i'm richard lui live in new york. reports this hour, french defense officials saying french fighter jets have fired on libyan military vehicles, that's what we understand now. we're just getting that in. meanwhile, secretary of state clinton saying that military action to enforce a security council resolution on libya has just begun. an intense aerial operation will soon start in libya. jim maceda is live in the stronghold of tripoli. jim? >> reporter: hi there, richard. yes, you just m
an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures. >> with u.s. allies taking the lead president obama is being briefed on developments while he is in brazil. >> our consensus was strong and resolve clear. the people of libya must be protected and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians, our coalition is prepared to act and act with urgency. >> the latest from benghazi shows tanks approaching the city have stopped as thick, black smoke rises from the rebel stronghold. with me right now from cairo, egypt is nbc's richard engel. richard, from your perspective, from your vantage point, how optimistic is the arab world that they can stop the violence toward civilians in libya? >> this is a, you have to understand what's going on in libya in the context of the wider middle east. the middle east is going through an incredible period of flux with revolts and uprisings and revolutions from north africa stretching all the way to the arabian peninsula. all arab governments are in the cross hairs right now, very unpopular with their people. there have been successful
, particularly if the u.s. would have been involved, we would have seen cad's forces melt away -- gadhafi's forces melt away. nobody wants to die for him particularly. and now that the offense sieve coming close to victory, it may not be enough. in which case even if you're using air power to strike ground targets, you have to go in low. you have to take out the air defense side. you have a wider war without putting a single boot on the ground. but if that doesn't work, if the gadhafi forces don't retreat which is what the president said he had to do, now what? how do you force him out? how do you force him back? how do you kill him in pat's terms without putting american troops as well as others, one would hope, on the ground to see to it? i don't know the answer. i don't see how you do it from the air alone. >> karen, dan, as well as pat, stands -- stand by. jim maceda is on the ground watching what we've been talking about and what was confirmed by president sarkozy, and that is that sorties began three our four hours ago. jim, what are you seeing now? >> reporter: well, from our perch
to remove gadhafi from power using military force. instead top u.s. officials are working diplomatic channels to try and push the dictator o. hiarcltoonme t a very clear message to gadhafi, but we're also sending a message to people around him. do you really want to be a pariah? do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction. >> mike viqueira, good sunday morning to you. >> reporter: good morning action al alex. >> what else are we hearing? >> reporter: critics say there's something of a mixed message coming from the administration since the military action started a week ago yesterday. it's not only republicans, it's democrats as well. the administration on the one hand has a need to play to the arab street, but they're also now trying to play to main street here in the united states. they have emphasized all along that this is an international coalition that includes arab nations. at one point secretary clinton said we are not in the lead but clearly the united states has been in the lead. they
. the radiation has now reached southern california. but the u.s. officials are saying it's a billion times beneath the levels that would threaten anyone's health. japanese officials raised the fukushima accident level from four to five. that means they consider it on par with our own three mile island incident. frantic efforts continue to con taint situation at the daiichi plant. the u.s. military says japan requested an unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft to fly over the troubled plant. that drone is equipped with infrared sensors that can take pictures and get a better understanding what's happening inside the reactor. >>> getting aid to northeastern japan has finally gotten easier. the port of sendai partially reopened. a ship brought in a large container of supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in shelters. a small measure now of comfort exactly a week after the disaster struck. >>> a week ago today, people rushed out of buildings as a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit. amateur video shows scenes of homes inside, while outside a tsunami brought its own terror, sweep
this morning from a top u.s. official on the american mission in libya. nbc's david gregory asked defense secretary robert gates about our involvement in the conflict in an interview that will air on "meet the press" later this morning. >> is libya in our vital interest as a country? >> no, i don't think it's a vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interests there, and it's a part of the region which is a vital interest for the united states. >> secretary gates joins secretary of state hillary clinton on today's "meet the press," so check your local listings for that. tomorrow, we will have live coverage of president obama's address to the nation at 7:30 p.m. eastern time. >>> and there is word from syria this morning that 12 people have been killed in violence rocking a seaside mediterranean city. the government says the victims include security forces and residents. this amateur video obtained by the "associated press" was allegedly shot on friday, in which it shows protesters trying to topple a statue of former president assad. in yemen, the president warns of a des
. >>> frel and state officials here in the u.s. say testing along the west coast shows no health threats from the radiation spewing from the ratation racketers in japan. it's dissipated so much it poses no risk. robert bazell is live in tokyo. with a good day, i know that you were feeling more aftershock activity earlier today and anything since? >> reporter: no. there hasn't been any since then. these aftershocks are so routine you don't pay attention to them. the big danger is how much they might affect the reactor, but i don't think this one had any affect. certainly there was no damage here in tokyo. >> okay. that's good. that no damage and that these things are becoming somewhat routine. how about the latest on theest to get those leaky nuke letter rea nuclear reactors under control we've been talking about? >> reporter: some encouraging news. traces of radiation found in food, by a very sophisticated monitoring system in place here in japan, but even though that's very sophisticated, something that scares people, and this shows why the desperate efforts to get that, those nuclear power
's faced in peru? >> well, we know that the fbi and u.s. attorneys office was trying to build a case against him. we couldn't get him for the murder. the body hasn't been found. but we know that he attempted to, in fact, did extort $25,000 from the holloway family. unfortunately, he not only took that money and ran, but he may have used some of that money to go to peru where he, you know, killed this young lady. but the bottom line is, he's been indicted in the united states. if he ever, ever walks out of a peruvian prison, hopefully there will be fbi agents with handcuffs to bring him back to america. >> clint van zandt. good to see you. thank you. >> thank you, contessa. >>> it looks like it's only one and a half men now. actor charlie sheen fired from the hit sitcom. and of course, he has something to say about it. >>> a car right into a house into a baby's crib. what happened next, unbelievable. >>> and today is fat tuesday. there are so many names for mardi gras. whatever you call it. a big party's happening right now, for instance, in new orleans. we're taking you there live ne
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